Density

Battersea Power Station: an aspirational enclave

Site visit: BPS One recent July day, LSE London researchers visited Battersea Power Station (BPS) on the south bank of the Thames to look at progress on this enormous site, which will eventually have over 4000 new homes. Construction at BPS is proceeding much faster than on a typical for-sale scheme in London. This reflects the approach in Malaysia, home country of the scheme’s backers. Given the capital’s desperate need for new… Read More

‘Density hunting’: Using Google Maps to explore the city and locate suitable case study sites

Blog series: Methods for Studying Density in the City, by Mel Nowicki & Tim White ‘Experiencing Density’ is a project jointly led by LSE Cities and LSE London that explores resident experiences of life in London’s new high-density housing. Researching the benefits, and pitfalls, of high-density housing in the capital has become ever-more pressing in light of Mayor Sadiq Khan’s promise to build more housing for a rapidly growing population, without infringing… Read More

International Review of Planning Systems, Christine Whitehead

On 10 May 2017, Christine Whitehead presented at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) planners away day. Her presentation, ‘International Review of Planning Systems‘, provided just that, a review of international planning systems. The evidence she provided came from two previous reports she worked on: the first – Monk et el’s (2013) International review of land supply and planning systems, York, J.R.F.; and the second – Gordon, I. Mace, A.,… Read More

LSE London’s response to the Fixing our broken housing market consultation

Fixing our broken housing market 2 May 2017 Members of the LSE London research group, together with academic and research colleagues from elsewhere, met on 26th April to discuss our response to the consultation around the Housing White Paper. Those endorsing this response are listed at the end of the document. Here we present an overview, plus responses to some specific questions. Overview Our overall response to the White Paper was one… Read More

How to nourish the Build to Rent sector to meet housing needs in the UK

We understand that the UK needs to increase housing supply from around 200,000 net additions to 300,000 homes per year to identify housing needs of 1.5m homes in the next five years (see our previous report with the Town & Country Planning Association). We have identified Build to Rent (BTR) as a model that can help address and meet these goals (see our previous report with Future of London). The task before… Read More

Rising to the Challenge: London’s Housing Crisis

On Thursday, 1 December 2016, LSE London launched the final report and recommendations on how to accelerate the supply of new housing in London. This was a culmination of discussions with specialists from central government, the GLA, and London boroughs together with a small number of other key actors from industry and academia. This event followed up on our interim report we published in June 2016, taking full account of changing political… Read More

GLA publishes LSE London research on housing density

The Mayor of London commissioned LSE London research on housing density. This research data is meant to aid in the development of policies and preparation of the London Plan. Links to all of the reports can be found here. LSE London’s Christine Whitehead, Alan Mace, and Ian Gordon wrote two out of the the five reports. The first report titled, ‘Defining, measuring and implementing density standards in London’ (London Plan Density Research… Read More